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Peru / Lima Hostage Crisis / The Raid #172684

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 23, 1997
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Lima, Peru: Mark Potter) Yesterday's lightning raid by the Peruvians on the Japanese diplomatic compound reviewed; details given of the commandos' prior digging under the compound and of the attack; scenes shown of the military operation. [Before a model of the compound, Peruvian President Alberto FUJIMORI - (thru translator) comments.] [Freed hostage Bolivian ambassador Jorge GUMUCIO - says they were given a brief warning.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) The role of Israel and the United States in providing listening devices enabling the Peruvians to track the terrorists noted.

(New York: Kevin Newman) The historical record of rescue operations in hostage crisis situations and the question of whether the United States could pull off such an action reviewed. [Counter-terrorism analyst Brian JENKINS, terrorism specialist Neil LIVINGSTONE, ABC News consultant Vincent CANNISTRARO - assess the prospects for a similar-type raid by the US.] The issue of the fickle public support for such operations noted.

Jennings, Peter;
Newman, Kevin;
Potter, Mark

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